Documentary on Mother Theresa (with Oshawa connections) hits the big screen January 22-23
Posted December 20, 2022 at 11:18 am
Documentary about Mother Theresa (with ties to Canada and Oshawa) hits the big screen January 22-23
A documentary about the life and loves of Mother Teresa, which grossed more than $1.2 million with a brief theatrical run this fall, returns to the big screen next month.
Mother Teresa: No greater love, will return to 51 Canadian cineplexes on January 22-23. The film premiered in the US earlier this year and was a box office success, with a large portion of proceeds from ticket sales going to charities promoting Mother Teresa’s legacy.
The documentary was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death.
The film features never-before-seen footage of the beloved Saint, rare glimpses into the work of her religious community, the Missionaries of Charity, and moving testimonies from those whose lives were forever changed by their encounter.
“When I first met her, I felt like I saw true humility,” said Jim Wahlberg, of the famous Wahlberg family of actors, who stars in the film. “I felt like I was looking into the face of God. It was so profound for me. Your words changed my life.”
The film not only reveals who Mother Teresa was, but also how her unique vision of serving Christ through the poor is still being realized today through the order she founded.
“Mother Teresa and her sisters teach us that there are no expendable people,” said Patrick Kelly, executive producer of the film and Knight Supreme of the Knights of Columbus. “When she fed the hungry or held the hands of the dying, she treated them like the most important person in their lives, Jesus Christ himself. And through it all, she taught us to have a seeing heart, and if we could learn to do so see how she did it, the world would be a radically different, better place.”
The feature-length documentary, which was filmed on five continents, also addresses Mother Teresa’s admitted spiritual darkness while she ministered to the poorest of the poor, and her friendship with another revered saint, Pope John Paul II. It also offers many connections to Canada and even to the Durham region.
- Winnipeg’s father, Brian Kolodiejchuk, who appears in the film, spent 17 years gathering evidence and data to ensure Mother Teresa was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
- Director David Naglieri, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer, previously worked at Salt + Light Media in Toronto before joining the Knights in New Haven, Connecticut.
- Editor Marc Boudignon, an accomplished director who has worked with the Knights of Columbus on numerous projects (and previously at Salt + Light Media), lives in Oshawa.
Produced by Naglieri, Mother Teresa: No Greater Love features commentary by Robert Barron, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, and one of the world’s most popular Catholic YouTube personalities, Jim Towey, a trusted advisor and personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Kolodiejchuk, Postulator of the canonization process of Mother Teresa, Wahlberg and Kelly.
The film, which premiered at the Vatican on August 31, was a box office success in the United States and became one of the top-grossing Catholic films of 2022. The film opened in Canadian theaters on November 2 and 3, with 38 partial showings released in limited edition 20 markets, including Pickering.
Learn more about the film, the saint and how to buy tickets at motherteresamovie.com. The trailer – and more information – is available here: https://www.mothereresamovie.com/.
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